Daily Herald: Need Grows to Aid Foster Kids, Homeless Students

By The Herald Editorial Board

In the 10 years between the 2008-09 and 2017-18 school years, the number of homeless students counted by the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction nearly doubled to 40,365, about 3.5 percent of the state’s student population, from pre-K to 12th grade.

The number that year included more than 3,700 who are the responsibility of school districts within Snohomish County, including 1,266 at Everett schools, 591 at Edmonds schools, 419 at Marysville schools and 360 at Mukilteo schools, as well as smaller — but still significant — numbers within the other districts. Another count is coming soon but will likely find the trend has only continued in the last year.

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